Dave Grohl: ‘Pop music is so superficial right now’

'If the Number One song is about your butt, that’s a problem,' says Grohl

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has spoken about his children forcing him to listen to pop music.

Speaking in a Red Bulletin interview when asked what his three daughters listen to (Grohl’s children are aged eight years old, five years old and three months), Grohl said: “The worst thing they impose on me is Katy Perry’s latest album.”

“Her music is a real test in terms of loyalty towards your kids,” the former Nirvana drummer continued. “But at the same time I can still make them listen to good stuff. I got my eldest two, Harper and Violet, a turntable and The Beatles box set. So they listen to ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ and the White Album (1968’s ‘The Beatles’). Give a six-year-old a turntable and all of the Beatles records and I guarantee that within one hour they will be doing what you did when you were six years old, too. Records on the floor, dancing, singing; it’s great.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Grohl talked about what he perceives as the dire state of modern music, claiming that “pop music in America right now is so superficial”.

“It’s fun to listen to, to turn up in your car when you’re in traffic, but there’s no substance at all. It’s devoid of any meaning. I’m not just saying that as a 45-year-old rock musician, I’m saying that as a human being. If the Number One song is about your butt, that’s a problem. So when I heard [Lorde’s] ‘Royals’ in the middle of all of these other songs, I thought, “Thank God! Someone’s singing something that actually has a little bit of something.”

Foo Fighters recently announced plans for a 2015 tour of the UK, set to take place in May and June of next year, with a open window to appear at Worthy Farm for Glastonbury, which will take place between June 24 and 28. They will play Sunderland Stadium Of Light on May 25, Manchester Emirates Old Trafford on May 27, London’s Wembley Stadium on June 19 and 20 and Edinburgh Murrayfield Stadium on June 23.